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Schoenberg's "Mondfleck" from Pierrot Lunaire is a vocal line accompanied by a double canon played in cancrizans fashion and a simultaneous three-part fugue.Edmund Dehnert, in The Languages of Creativity, 1986
a cancrizans passage

Word History


Medieval Latin, present participle of cancrizare to go backwards, from Latin cancr-, cancer crab + Late Latin -izare -ize

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cancrizans was in 1782

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“Cancrizans.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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